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Volume 20 Issue 1 - September 2014

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Glionna MansellPresents14A Music Series unlike any otherApril 2014 through to November 2014Don’t Miss TheseFall Concerts!in the continuingOrganix 14 concert seriesElisabeth UllmannOct. 19, 4:00 pmOur Lady of Sorrows3055 Bloor St. WestRhonda Sider EdgingtonSept. 19, 7:30 pmHoly Trinity Anglican10 Trinity SquareNosetti Memorial ConcertNov 12, 7:30 pmMaxine Thevenot, Eugenio Fagiani and Omar CaputiSt. Paul’s Anglican Church, 227 Bloor St. Eastoriginal?’ He laughedDaniel Hopeand said nothing’swrong with theoriginal, it’s perfect,it’s a fantastic piecebut I feel that in asense I’ve fallen out oflove with it. I’ve beenbombarded with it.Every time I go intoan elevator or a shoppingcentre I hear TheFour Seasons piped atme. [Max] wanted torediscover it and byrecomposing it he wasrediscovering it. Heasked me if I wouldlike to take a look atit and I thought that[it] was a really interesting way of revisiting a masterpiece ... As soonas I saw the early sketches for his piece I was absolutely knockedout. I thought this was something really amazing and I wanted to bepart of it.”Hope details his contribution to the process: “I made a number ofsuggestions. [Richter was very open to suggestions] with regards to thetempos and some of the passagework. It was so well written it didn’tneed many changes but it did need to be adapted here and there tomake it more violinistic. In the recording session we created it in themoment so a lot happened with sound effects and various colours.”Asked if he has a “favourite” movement in the piece he hedges: “Myfavourite season is ‘Summer.’ The Recomposed is a different piece. Ithas all of the great themes of Vivaldi. It has the inspiration of Vivaldibut it also has its own music. The last movement of Max Richter’s‘Summer’ is absolutely amazing. But also the last movement of‘Winter’ is mindblowing.”When asked if it’s difficult not to get mixed up with the originalwhen playing the recomposed version, Hope – who has alreadydivulged that he’s been playing the original since he was a boy (“It’sstill so modern after 350 years”) – talks about the very subtle changesin the passagework, eight notes to seven, for example. He adds thatevery time they play Recomposed it changes and evolves.Elsewhere in that 2013 YouTube chat, Hope reveals that when hewas four he announced to his parents that he wanted to be a violinist.That got me curious about his musical education. I found a partialanswer in a different (ClassicFM) YouTube video where he talkedabout his crucial relationship with Yehudi Menuhin, whom he knewfrom an early age: “Menuhin was very, very outward-looking. He’ssomebody I think about almost every day – a huge inspiration to meand to many musicians and somebody who really believed in openingyour ears to any kind of music. You know his legendary collaborationswith Ravi Shankar or Stephane Grappelli are things that I witnessed asa small boy (Hope was born in 1973). I was lucky enough to grow upin that environment. It taught me from an early age that you can findconnections in different musical worlds if you take it seriously andTickets and passesavailable onlinewww.organixconcerts.ca416-769-389322 | September 1, 2014 – October 7, 2014

you spend the time.”It has been two years since I discovered Richter’s recomposition ona listening post at Grigorian’s when it drew me in with its compulsiveoriginality coupled with its uncanny resemblance to Vivaldi. Happily,Soundstreams is now making it possible to hear this innovative worklive with Daniel Hope as the soloist, in their season-opening concert,September 30.It’s Still Festive: Summer’s not over until the fall equinox and thePrince Edward County Music Festival (PECMF) in Picton and theSweetWater Music Festival in Owen Sound are taking full advantage ofthose last seasonal days to launch their 11th editions.The “superlative acoustics” of St. Mary Magdalene Church playhome to several content-rich PECMF concerts. Augmenting theopening concerts, artistic director pianist Stéphane Lemelin joins thePenderecki String Quartet to perform Taneyev’s romantic Quintet forpiano and strings in g minor Op.30 on September 19, then accompaniescellist Denise Djokic in Rachmaninoff’s Sonata for cello andpiano in g minor Op.19 the following day. September 21 brings AndréLaplante’s deep musical sensibility to bear on a trio of Liszt pianomasterworks. Highlights of the rest of the festival include the youngCanadian musicians Nikki Chooi, violin, and Philip Chiu, piano,in a September 25 recital that ranges from Bach to Prokofiev, andEnsemble Made In Canada in piano quartets by Dvořák and FauréSeptember 26.St. Lawrence String Quartet violinist Mark Fewer, the artisticdirector of the SweetWater festival, brings his chamber music versatilityto bear in a concert September 19 in the historic Leith churchwith its ideal acoustics. Vivaldi, von Biber, Schmelzer and Bach supplythe music that the celebrated baroque violinist Elizabeth Wallfisch,Lucas Harris (theorbo), Hank Knox (harpsichord) and Fewerwill perform.The next day Fewer joins his St. Lawrence colleagues and sopranoMeredith Hall, flutist Leslie Newman, double bassist Joseph Phillipsand pianist Kati Gleiser for a program of Haydn and Beethoven. A fewMusic at MetropolitanMusicat Metropolitan2014-15 SEASONOrder tickets Estoreor by calling 416-363-0331 ext. 26SEASON TICKET: (save on the cost of four separate tickets)Friday, Oct. 31 10:00pmPHANTOMS OF THE ORGANA Hallowe’ en howl of unearthly delights!(Co-sponsored by the Toronto Centre, Royal CanadianCollege of Organists)Saturday, November 29, 7:30 pmAN EVENING WITH SCHUMANN ANDRACHMANINOFFJanet Obermeyer, soprano; Arnold Tirzits andMatthew Coons, pianoAdmission: $20 / $ 10 (ages 18 and under)Friday, January 9, 7:30 pmSEI SOLO: A VIOLINO SENZA BASSOACCOMPAGNATO by J. S. BACHViolinists: Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith, Cristina Zacharias,Julia Wedman, Valerie Gordon, Aisslinn Nosky,Michelle OdoricoAdmission: $20 / (ages 18 and under)Good Friday | April 3, 7:30 pmMUSIC FOR GOOD FRIDAYwith the Metropolitan Festival ChoirMusic by Buxtehude, Charpentier,Stabat Mater by Rheinberger,Dance of Death by Distler,Requiem by FauréAdmission: / (ages 18 and under )Sunday, May 3 2:00pmBACH IN TIME: LET THERE BE BEAUTYPoetry by Patricia Orr;Bach’s organ music played by Patricia WrightThis concert will be preceded by a short presentation on Bach.Freewill OfferingSaturday, May 30, 7:30 pmCHARLES DAVIDSON SINGS: Schubert, Schumann,Weill... with pianist James BourneAn exploration of 19th Century German Lieder intothe roots of 20th Century KabarettThe inaugural “Marg and Jim NorquayCelebration Concert”Admission: $20 / (ages18 and under)Metropolitan United Church56 Queen Street East (at Church Street), Toronto416-363-0331 (ext. 26) September 1, 2014 – October 7, 2014 | 23

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